Pets in the Garden-competition-17

Pets in the Garden

Competition 17 - Photo project

About Pets in the Garden

This competition invites photographers/pet owners to capture 'Pets in the Garden', this could be your own pet or that of a family member or friend (of course with permission). IGPOTY launched this relatively new Photo Project to bring a new take on pet/animal photography and whilst happy/fun shots are welcomed, we do not invite the dressing up of pets/animals.

Please note, photo projects only accept 'Single Entries' not portfolios, which are separate and should be entered into the stand-alone IGPOTY competition category titled 'Portfolios'.

For the avoidance of doubt - IGPOTY does not accept any images of taxidermied animals, nor that have been photographed using live bait, no captured animals, nor use of animal models. No indoor shots allowed.


Aim for well-composed moments in the garden, park or woodland/green space, whether pet portraits or landscape scenes.

We are looking for the same calibre of capture as seen in our 'Wildlife in the Garden' category, i.e. - your photography should focus on the animal not the owner.

However, please note this is a Photo Project with its own prize and timetable, and entries are not eligible for the overall IGPOTY prize.

Wider benefits

The Photo Projects offer an opportunity to focus on specific skills and animal photography is a significant skill to master. Photographing animal subjects can be difficult and now is your chance to hone those skills.

Prizes & Why should I enter?


First prize:

Photo project winner:


Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition.

Second prize:

Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition.

Third prize:

Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition.

Entry benefits

Exposure, growing international press coverage, one of the world's most prestigious photographic competitions featuring pet photography, opportunities for growth, become a stakeholder in conservation, cultivate your skills, launch/boost your photographic career.


General rules:

  • You may not submit watermarked images with your name or website visible on the photo. Please do not frame your images with borders.
  • Entrants may submit a maximum of 4 images per single entry token and a maximum of 6 images per portfolio entry token.
  • For free-to-enter competitions you should enter 1 image per token given, up to a maximum of 8 images (8 tokens).
  • Entrants' images must be .jpg or .jpeg format and of high enough quality.
  • We recommend all images are output to 1920px on their longest side at 72 ppi (ideally with an sRGB colour profile). Any larger than this and you are supplying images bigger than they will be seen or used by IGPOTY judges; your files will take longer to upload and/or download to judges and viewers’ screens.
  • The absolute maximum for each image must not be more than 7MB in file size and no more than 3000px on their longest side.
  • All entrants must be able to supply a high-res image (300 ppi) suitable for printing/exhibiting should the image be shortlisted. You may be asked for this when the time comes.
  • High-res source file/s need to be at least 3780 pixels (longest side) @ 300 ppi, ideally larger (and ideally with an Adobe RGB (1998) colour profile).
  • Rule 9.3 "The mounting of any International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition is planned each year but is executed at the discretion of Mirror Plate Media Ltd. The mounting of the exhibition is subject to prevailing circumstances at the time which may be affected by the weather or pandemic, therefore dates may change at short notice."
  • Rule 9.4 "The publication of a book associated with the International Garden Photographer of the Year is planned each year but is executed at the discretion of Mirror Plate Media Ltd. Obviously if the book is not printed then no book prizes/cash alternatives will issued..."

  • Full competition rules:

    Please see the IGPOTY competition rules, which always prevail.

    Category rules:

    IGPOTY runs juried competitions based on skill.

    Only singular entries from 'Single Entry' main pay-to-enter categories can win the overall IGPOTY prize. Entries from 'Photo Projects' (stand-alone competitions) cannot win the overall IGPOTY prize, neither can portfolios, which will be judged as part of the IGPOTY 'Portfolios' competition category which is stand-alone. Special Awards are not eligible for the overall IGPOTY prize and are stand-alone.

    Please see IGPOTY competition rules for full terms, which always prevail.

    Competition details

    Photo project
    Online submissions
    Entry start date:
    February 17, 2023
    Closing date:
    October 31, 2023, 12 noon GMT (closes in 3 weeks)
    Cost of entry:
    £16 (Single Entry Slots x 4)

    How do I enter?

    Please use the large, red-outlined 'ENTER NOW' button on this page.

    For help please visit our Frequently-Asked-Questions page.

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